Re: About the login shell
For the GNU system, the issue of paramount importance is that all security
decisions be a matter of local administrative choice rather than imposed by
the system. For the base installation, we use the choices that we (the
Hurd developers) like for our own machines and you don't have to like those
For Debian, there are perhaps concerns such as Debian GNU/Hurd having a
default login interface consistent with Debian GNU/Linux, or certain
notions of security. I don't have an opinion about that.